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does anyone know of some other open source operating systems other than Ubuntu and Linux? because I'm getting quite pissed off at windows 2000. EDIT: there is some confusion about what I meant. I meant that Linux is the only OS that I know about. I didn't mean that I had ruled out Linux, I like Linux, I was just wondering about what other OS were out there.

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ReCreate

9 years ago

There are Many many Linux Distros, There is ReactOS, BEos, OpenBSD,FreeBSD i don't know what others, But your best bet is Windows XP, even if you have to get it illegally, its worth it.

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the_mad_manReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

the man= head of a massive corporation, in this case: Bill Gates.

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Punkguyta

9 years ago

Try window server 2003 doorknob?

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ReCreate

9 years ago

you mean like windows xp? There...is ...a site...and ...it...works...be...cause...i.....down.....loaded.........it...........and...................installed...................................it........Windows xp corporate edition...

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xACIDITYxReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

Ah, you mean illegally? Never the way to go.

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ReCreate

9 years ago

Not free...

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ReCreate

9 years ago

Not free...

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xACIDITYx

9 years ago

Or, and here's a crazy thought, but a legal version of it.

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Sandisk1duoxACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

windows 7 download are no-longer available, so i can't link to that

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PKM

9 years ago

Might not want to post Piratebay links here. Just saying.

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Sandisk1duoPKM

Reply 9 years ago

how come? it's more legal then some featured instructables

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the_mad_manSandisk1duo

Reply 9 years ago

cpu? dunno ram? 512 MB HD capacity? about 20-25 GB on 2 HDs

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11010010110

9 years ago

there is windows clone called reactos

linux can be different from ubuntu. try arch (thats what i use) and mandriva one. try the desktops too (kde 4.2 / kde 3.5 / gnome)

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xACIDITYxhacim

Reply 9 years ago

Unfortunately, HAIKU is a linux variant, I believe. Unfortunately, he wants both open-source, and non-linux.

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hacimxACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

from the FAQ: "Is Haiku based on Linux? Haiku is not a Linux distribution. To achieve our goals for Haiku, we decided not to use the Linux kernel, nor to rely on the X Window System or toolkits such as GTK+ or Qt. Instead, Haiku is a self-contained operating system that includes a graphical user interface tightly tied to a unique graphics system, all configuration applications, development tools, the GNU tool chain, and a bash terminal." so I think it is safe to say the haiku is not linux and according to the above passage it doesn't appear to be very unix like either:(.

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lemoniehacim

Reply 9 years ago

What kernel does it use? L

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11010010110lemonie

Reply 9 years ago

its own one. there were oses with similar kernel (zeta) but haiku kernel is unique to haiku (there are linux distros that tried to pack the entire haiku os as variant of themselfes though - but it does not make it linux)

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xACIDITYxlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, I was quite sure it was based off of linux.

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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

That's not answering my question. But Linux will have the same ancestor(s) My first experience of UNIX was HP-UX, early 90's and they already had things like multiple desktops... and the Netscape browser... L

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xACIDITYxlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

I wasn't trying to answer your question.

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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

It wasn't really appropriate to comment on it then. L

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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

Only slightly. There that's 4 comments that didn't really serve a purpose... ; )

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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, that's half of them. If you don't reply to this it'll be 3:2, or would you like a tie? L

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Nope, I have too many ties as it is..... ;-)

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lemonieGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I have a lot of ties too, but I'm excluding this from the previous discussion L

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gmoonlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Haiku appears to be inspired by the old BeOS operating systems, which was an independent effort in the early 90's.

Like many now-defunct OS's (amigaOS, GEM, OS2, etc.), some of it's features may have been inspired by Unix, but it's development was entirely independent.

@the_mad_man:
Unix itself was developed by Bell Labs, and there are still commercial versions available. Much of the source code has entered the public domain.

Unix variants such as Solaris, Linux, BSD (the underpinnings of Apple's OSX) are partly based on Unix, but there's no clear linear "code genealogy." Still, their intent to copy the functionality of Unix is plain...

IMHO, many people don't care for Linux simply because their favorite hardware gadget or program isn't supported (a legitimate beef.) I enjoy using it, but often cannot for that reason... But if you don't like Ubuntu interface, there are dozens of other window managers to choose from.

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lemoniegmoon

Reply 9 years ago

Ta, never had anything to do with BeOS, so the information is appreciated. I have had experience of Mac OS-X and I have recognised some familiar UNIX processes (although it's that long ago I can't name any of them) L

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gmoonlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

I also had some dealings with HP-UX, back in my university days...

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lemoniegmoon

Reply 9 years ago

Did the workstations have the biggest CRT monitors you've ever seen? L

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gmoonlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

We had X-Windows terminals, but they weren't HP; probably Sun or Solaris, and pretty average size. It's been awhile, details are fuzzy. ;-) The mainframe was running HP-UX...

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lemoniegmoon

Reply 9 years ago

The workstations were HP, but they had huge monitors, and with RGB inputs too. Only three in my cluster had floppy-drives and there was no GUI support for them - I had to write a drag-and-drop (something) that pointed to a "special device" at one end of a directory tree...

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gmoonGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I'm not certain if OS X descends from BSD or it's children (or both.)

I do know that BSD is the vector that spread the Unix source code into public distribution. That source code figured prominently in the SCO lawsuits, which ultimately held that most of the code had entered the public domain or was covered by BSD licenses.

SCO owns the Unix trademark, and Unix System V (which came much later than the original Unix or BSD.)

Linux itself may have incorporated some BSD code, but it was originally conceived as a student project to replicate the functionality of Unix, so it was coded independently. Whether Linux retains it's independence...well, I'm not sure any OS can claim to be completely self-contained or inspired.